Jim's Writing Program Link Farm
Below are some links I thought might be useful to new faculty, along with brief explanations. I typed out the links in case you want to go straight to them, but it's probably easier to go to this page and just click: http://www.writing.ucsb.edu/faculty/donelan/WPLF.htm.
The Registrar has your class lists online through E-grades: https://egrades.sa.ucsb.edu/Login.aspx. The enrollment numbers on the opening page are sometimes out of date; click through to each individual class to see how many students you really have. You can also download an Excel spreadsheet with your students' names, email addresses, etc. through a link on each class page. Of course, this page is also where you submit your grades at the end of the quarter.
If you find you have a plagiarist on your hands, report the incident to the Director, and go to the Judicial Affairs page: https://judicialaffairs.sa.ucsb.edu/Index.aspx
U-lists helps you email your class all at once. Go here and follow the instructions: http://www.ulists.ucsb.edu/
Instructional Computing is responsible for computer labs, student email accounts, and software training.
Letters and Science Information Technology provides faculty in the College of Letters and Science (including us) with email and web services, among other things.
Their main page has links to help and information pages, along with some of the nuts-and-bolts account service pages for your email and web page accounts: http://www.lsit.ucsb.edu/
Instructional Development (http://www.id.ucsb.edu/) assists faculty in a number of areas:
Classroom Services helps you use audio, visual, and computer technology in your classroom : http://www.id.ucsb.edu/me/classroom/ClassRm.html.
Technical Services fixes things: http://www.id.ucsb.edu/cs/tech/tech.html
Production Services (http://www.id.ucsb.edu/tv/produc/produc.html) helps with course material production and video distribution.
Film and Video Ordering (http://www.id.ucsb.edu/fvo/fo.html) is a frequently used subsidiary of production services; they can help you find and show videos in your classroom; they can also put them on reserve for students to view in Kerr Hall.
Instructional Consultation (http://www.oic.id.ucsb.edu/) will help you with instruction on a confidential basis, and will even video your class. They also have a grant program and an online handbook about teaching at UCSB (http://www.oic.id.ucsb.edu/Resources/Teaching/index.html).
At Your Service Online (https://atyourserviceonline.ucop.edu/ayso/) gives you access to all your payroll and benefit information. You can change your insurance, withholding, and a number of other things here, too, so have a look.
Transportation and Parking Services has a web page that can help you get a parking sticker or find an alternative to driving: http://www.tps.ucsb.edu/. They have a new service that allows you to rent vehicles by the hour, day, or week for very reasonable prices: http://www.tps.ucsb.edu/tranVehicleRentals.aspx
Most Frequently Used Library Links
The Main Library Page (http://www.library.ucsb.edu) is the UCSB gateway to local collections, online databases and periodicals, as well as to the system-wide UC library database. One way or the other, you can have access to almost anything. The catch is that finding what you want has gotten more confusing than ever as the library staff strives to keep up with the digital revolution. The Library FAQ Page (http://www.library.ucsb.edu/help/faq.html) can help you get started. If you're logging on from off campus, you'll probably want to log in with the link they provide on the home page. The other library links are pretty straightforward and easy to find from the gateway page, with one exception: the Course Related Pages for the Writing Program (http://www.library.ucsb.edu/classes/writingprog.html) are buried pretty deep, and they have a lot of useful material, especially for W2, W50, and W109EC.
Library Instruction Services for UCSB Faculty (http://www.library.ucsb.edu/libinst/lecture2classes.html) can get you the assistance you need from some very nice people. Jane Faulkner (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the library instruction coordinator; the Writing Program specialist is Sherri Barnes (email@example.com).
Writing Program Stuff
It might seem redundant to put links to our own site here, but there are a few worth noting as particularly useful. The Faculty Information Page has everyone's email, phone number, and office location: http://www.writing.ucsb.edu/faculty/faculty.htm. The Media Request Form is here: http://www.writing.ucsb.edu/information/forms/equipreq.htm; our staff is wonderful at sorting out who has what and how to get it for you--just make sure you give them at least 48 hours notice, if not more. The Program Information page has all that other stuff: book orders, department instructional resources, the reservation form for the conference room, and two critical documents that deserve longer descriptions. First, know and love the Curriculum Guidelines: http://www.writing.ucsb.edu/resource/courses.html; they may save your life. Without them, a lot of what we do here wouldn't make sense, so learn them and follow them. Second, the Guide to Constructing a Writing Program Syllabus (http://www.writing.ucsb.edu/resource/construct_syllabus_guide.doc) is vital to Program consistency and to your legal protection--a syllabus is a form of contract, so write it carefully.
Finally, Chris Dean's Writing Home Page for Classes and the Commuity is here: http://www.writing.ucsb.edu/faculty/dean/501BResources.html. It's got tons of interesting things on it--see for yourself.
Santa Barbara Media
The Santa Barbara News Press is under siege right now, so I won't bother linking to them here. More useful news and information, especially about cultural activities, can be found at the Santa Barbara Independent: http://www.independent.com. Ed Hat is another great site for local information, with lots of interesting maps: http://www.edhat.com.